A couple things to remember:
- Keep your birdbaths clean. Rinse birdbaths, ideally with a hose, and change the water frequently, daily in hot weather. Scrub birdbaths when they begin to appear scummy, or about every 10 days to two weeks, to prevent algae growth. Be sure to rinse them thoroughly before refilling.
- Place birdbaths close enough to plants and trees to provide shelter for the birds, but far enough away that droppings and leaves won’t fall into the water.
- Add a dripper or recirculating pump. Moving water, caused by a mister or dripping hose system is irresistible to birds and will help to keep the water in your birdbath fresh.
- Birds need water in winter, too. Clean feathers are warm feathers. Typical urban sources of water in winter include puddles in the street and roof gutters. So the clean water you provide will be very welcome.